Simple Goodness…BON APPÉTIT!
- 6 lg vine-ripened tomatoes, or 12 Roma tomatoes
- 1 big handful of fresh cilantro
- Juice of 1 lime, or 2-3 key limes
- 1 med onion, peeled
- 2 jalapeños, remove seeds if less heat is desired
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp smoked paprika (optional)
- Sea salt, to taste
Roughly chop tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and jalapeños. If you desire less liquid in the salsa, slice the tomatoes in half and squeeze out the juice and seeds before chopping. I prefer the juice and seeds. I also leave the jalapeño seeds intact because I like the heat.
Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pulse until the desired consistency is reached. About 10-15 pulses. Do this in batches if necessary. Taste test the salsa and adjust seasonings and ingredients as needed. Serve with tortilla chips or any way you’d like. Keep refrigerated.
“Cooking is my passion, and my therapy.
My culinary philosophy is ‘Simple Goodness’…” ~Chef G
Chef Derrill Guidry (Chef G), a recent transplant in Cincinnati, is a self-taught chef and native of SW Louisiana, where cooking and eating is a way of life. He began experimenting in the kitchen at about the age of 6…and has been doing so ever since. In his early teens Chef G began traveling abroad, experiencing the culinary cultures of many countries. He also traveled extensively while serving as a commissioned officer in the US Army, retiring in 2011 after 21 years of service. From 5-star restaurants in Hong Kong, to street vendors in Saudi Arabia, and even in bedouin tents in the desert surrounding the Pyramids at Giza in Egypt, Chef G has experienced many very unique foods and spices that helped him to develop a style of cooking that is sophisticated and refined, appetizing and appealing, yet not intimidating to even the choosiest eaters. He creates what can only be described as simple goodness.
Chef G is currently working exclusively on developing and publishing his first cookbook, while exploring Cincy’s culinary scene.